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A revolution, fortune-telling gypsies, spies, gossips, false hotel-registering and a one-name star.

Author: Leslie Howard Adams ( from Texas
24 November 2005

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Ambassador Rico DeMarco (Fortunio Bonanova)is in Washington trying to raise a five-million dollar loan for his hard-pressed country, Lower Salamia. Filbert Filmore (Hugh Herbert) and his domineering wife (Florence Bates)are about to sign on the dotted line for the loan when DeMarco's vivacious daughter, Estelita (Estelita Rodriguez, billed just as Estelita on the film credits), upsets the deal by accidentally knocking hot coffee over the papers---and Mrs. Fillmore, who leaves the house in a huff...model year not given.

The Washinton-resident spies of Lower Salamia's insurrectionist faction gleefully cable their leader that the loan attempt has failed and Viva la Revolution. Estelita, in her role as an amateur international financier, discovers that Fillmore is a great believer in astrology and, disguised as a gypsy fortune teller, she dupes him into believing that the stars are propitious for his making the loan, but Mrs. Fillmore's wild jealousy, when she discovers her woo-woo husband alone with the attractive young gypsy, causes Estelita to depart sans anti-revolution money.

DeMarco tries to send his daughter back to Lower Salamia, but she takes off for Reno to see Tex Thompson (Bill Williams), a handsome young Nevada cattleman she met and fell in love with in a Washington night club. The efforts of her chaperon, timid Aunt Maria (Rosa Turich), to restrain her are unsuccessful.

To keep her father from discovering her whereabouts, Estelita signs the hotel register in Reno as Mrs. Filbert Fillmore. A local reporter, sensing a big-money divorce in the making, files a story which leads Filbert to believe that his wife has left him, and he flies to Reno...with Mrs. Fillmore close on his heels.

But the Reno-resident Lower Salamia insurrection-spies have plans to kidnap Mrs. Fillmore. But, first, Estelita has to sing "Babalu."

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